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Luis Viera has now raised more than $100K in bid for Tampa City Council seat

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With a little more than a week before the run-off election in Tampa’s District 7 City Council race, attorney Luis Viera has now raised more than $100,000 in his bid to succeed Lisa Montelione.

Viera faces Jim Davison in the December 6 special election, and the latest public poll shows Davison leading Viera, 42 percent to 35 percent.

Davison took the most votes in the November 8 primary, getting 31 percent to Viera’s 22 percent.

Two of the four candidates who also ran in the Nov. 8 election – Avis Harrison and Cyril Spiro – have endorsed Davison. The registered Republican also announced on Monday that he has received the endorsement from the Greater Tampa Realtors.

Viera, a registered Democrat, has received endorsements from the likes of Congresswoman Kathy Castor and former Congressman Jim Davis.

Viera has now raised $101,890 in the race, and had more than $25,000 cash on hand as of late last week.

Davison, on the other hand, has raised a total of $19,740, with just a little more than $3,000 cash on hand.

The two candidates will engage in their only two debates of the runoff period this week, with the first taking place Tuesday evening at the New Tampa Regional Library at 6:30 p.m.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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